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Bathurst 10K/5K becomes
trail race

Fifth annual event set for Sunday, Sept. 10

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 8, 2017

BATHURST, N.B. – In its five-year history, the Bathurst 10K has seen a few incarnations, but this year it will see its biggest transformation yet. It’s becoming a trail race.
The Bathurst 10K-5K Trail Run/Walk will take place in Bathurst, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 10, and organizers are excited about its new look.
“We have a wonderful trail system here in Bathurst and we think that moving our race to the trail system presents a great opportunity to get people on the trails and expose them to the joy of trail running,” said Ryan Wilbur, recreation programmer for Bathurst. “Furthermore, there aren’t any organized trail races in the region, so this gives us the chance to offer something a bit unique that is on trend with the growing popularity of trail running.”

The annual Bathurst 10K-5K Trail Run/Walk will take place this year on Sunday, Sept. 10, for the first time as a trail race. Shown here are local running club members trying out the route earlier this summer.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Wilbur

The Bathurst event was put together in 2013 by a group of volunteers, who decided it was time for an organized run in the city. The event is still put on by volunteers, but with help from members of city staff.
This year’s event will include a 10K run, a 5K run/walk, and a new 5K challenge between the two local high schools that will see students from Bathurst High School or Ecole Secondaire Nepisiguit walk or run the route, with the best average time determining the winner.
Prize money will be offered to the top three male and female finishers in the 10K race.
Also offered will be 300m and 1K kids’ races.
The start location will be on the trail behind the KV Irving Regional Centre.
“The course offers a lot of really nice variety with many twists and turns and a few challenging hills,” said Wilbur. “The trail is quite smooth, and 80 per cent of the course is covered in fine-grade crushed tailings, so it really offers a nice forgiving running surface.”
As of last week, 100 runners were registered for the event, and Wilbur said he was expecting to see a field of around 150 on race day, weather cooperating.
For more on the Bathurst 10K-5K Run/Walk, visit here .